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Merger does not invalidate noncompete, nonsolicitation covenants

When corporate mergers and acquisitions take place, the parties frequently ask, “What is the effect on the acquired company’s contracts?” That was the issue in a case involving noncompetition and nonsolicitation covenants in...more

Defenses Payroll Tax Fraud

Prosecution for payroll tax fraud is a high priority for the IRS and Department of Justice. Payroll tax fraud occurs in several manners, including false worker classification as independent contractors, understatement of...more

2017 ISS and Glass Lewis Updates to Canadian Proxy Voting Guidelines

Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) and Glass, Lewis & Co (Glass Lewis) have both released their updates to their respective Canadian proxy voting guidelines for the upcoming 2017 proxy season. The ISS updates apply to...more

Structured Thoughts: News for the financial services community, Volume 7, Issue 11

Structured Products Legal and Regulatory Conference: November 2016 - In November 2016, Morrison & Foerster LLP sponsored Risk magazine’s annual structured products legal and regulatory conference in Washington, D.C. ...more

Health Care E-Note - November 2016

You just formed your medical practice inAlabama, and you either chose a professional corporation (a “PC”) or an LLC. If you went with a PC, you got to choose between an “S” corporation (“S corp”) or a “C” corporation (“C...more

When Managing Whistleblower and Retaliation Risk, Tools are Important – Processes and People are Critical

One collection of terms I hear a lot is “tools, processes and people.” All three need to be successfully deployed to make a compliance program run properly while also creating an organizational culture that supports...more

SEC to Focus on Firms Hiring Those with Disciplinary History

SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) has recently issued a risk alert to registered investment advisers indicating their intent to focus on compliance oversight and controls with respect to the...more

Business Litigation Alert: "Lesson Learned from Wells Fargo - What Your Board of Directors Needs to Know"

According to recent news reports, Wells Fargo management created an aggressive sales culture that encouraged employees to create thousands of fake accounts. News reports also suggest that the Board took no action regarding...more

An Effective Manual Compliance Program is an Oxymoron

No matter how proficient a compliance professional you may be, the deck is stacked against you if you are not automating your ethics and compliance program in the same ways other functional groups are automating their...more

Court Nullifies CFO’s Employment Because of Prior Extortion Conviction

In lawsuits over contracts, parties sometimes assert defenses that contracts are voidable or void. A voidable contract is one as to which the party should have a choice as to whether it is enforceable or not; for example,...more

Code of Conduct: Your Corporate Constitution

How important is your company’s code of conduct? We liken it to a corporate constitution—your highest-level policy, from which all of your other policies, procedures and rules derive, and without which you cannot expect to...more

Employment Law Commentary - Volume 28, Issue 10

Annual California Legislative Roundup - Now that the dust has settled on the California 2016 legislative session, it is once again time to round up and review the new laws impacting California employers. Although there...more

Transactions Update: Purchase Price or Compensation

Purchase Price v. Compensation - ..Companies are choosing to stay private significantly longer than the vesting period for stock options ..Recent proposals by private companies to buy back stock from current and...more

"SEC Staff Issues Interpretive Guidance on Pay Ratio Rules"

On October 18, 2016, the staff of the Division of Corporation Finance (Staff) of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued interpretive guidance on the pay ratio disclosure requirements in Item 402(u) of...more

Tackling Modern Slavery

Pressure on businesses to do more to address slavery is ramping-up. In July, the UK Prime Minister described slavery as ‘the greatest human rights issue of our time’. Today, 18 October, marks Anti-Slavery Day in the UK....more

[Webinar] 2016 Ethics & Compliance Virtual Conference - Harnessing the Business Value of an Ethical Culture - November 15th,...

Join professionals in ethics and compliance, human resources, legal, audit and training for the annual 2016 Ethics & Compliance Virtual Conference! Learn strategies to help you build a better governed, more risk-aware, and...more

Encouraging Findings from SCCE Survey on Compliance Effectiveness

A long-term review of our collective efforts in ethics and compliance shows that programs are not just managing compliance incidents but also preventing them....more

Risk Doesn’t Stand Still, Neither Should Your Program. It’s Time to Assess.

Considering an assessment of your ethics and compliance efforts? The question is not if but when. In the ever-changing world of business, when are you going to ensure that your compliance program is keeping pace with the...more

Double-Breasted Company Owners, Officers Can Be Indicted for Underpaying Benefit Contributions

The U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts held in September that the shareholders and officers of a double-breasted construction company can be indicted and could go to prison if the government proves they...more

Frontline Managers Important in Organisational Culture

Setting the right tone and culture within an organisation is not just the responsibility of senior management. Frontline managers--often a firm's go-to individuals--have a key role to play in becoming a part of the...more

South Africa Newsletter - September 2016

South Africa’s diverse economy, strategic role in Africa and political history create a unique business and regulatory environment. The Dentons South Africa Newsletter will help you keep abreast of issues that affect doing...more

How the DOL’s Impartial Conduct Standard Affects Exemptions Used by Financial Services Companies

In conjunction with its issuance in April 2016 of a new regulation redefining the concept of “investment advice” for purposes of fiduciary status under ERISA and Section 4975 of the Code, the Department of Labor amended a...more

Few Give Their Policy Management Systems Passing Grades

This article originally appeared on TLNT. The days of organizations conducting policy management through spreadsheets, email and generic document-sharing platforms aren’t over yet. But they probably should be. Originally...more

Ethics and Incentive Compensation: A Ticking Time Bomb

In a recent Wall Street Journal article, it was reported that “some drug-industry watchers say Mylan’s incentives may have played a role in its steep price increases for the EpiPen.” The article addressed one-time awards for...more

Could the NLRB Make it Easier for Unions to Access Employers’ Financial Records?

Many practitioners at one time or another have been frustrated by the lack of clear and consistent guidance from the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB” or the “Board”) regarding union requests for employer financial...more

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